I ♥ Copenhagen

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End Mar 22, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The last two days went like the whirlwind.  On Wednesday, I was walking around Copacabana and Ipenema beach shirtless in my Havaianas  and eating Churrasco with young models.  The next day, I am in full winter gear, including thermals. Neverthless, its all good.

My flight from Rio to Copenhagen via Madrid took almost 14 hours.  The only saving grace was flying Business class.  I was guaranteed bountiful excellent food and the most comfortable seats, which fold completely flat so one can sleep.

When I landed in Copenhagen, the clock started ticking.  During my connection in Santiago on the way to Easter Island, I lost my winter jacket.  Because it was a great 90+ degrees for the whole week, I never noticed that my jacket was missing until I left for Rio.  The chances of finding a winter jacket in Rio is like finding a literate person in South Beach.  So, I waited till Copenhagen to buy a jacket.  Luckily, I managed to pickup the same North Face jacket I lost in Miami, in black instead of blue, at a local mall near the airport for only twice the price that I paid for in NYC!  Only in the US does North Face get discounted.

Anyway, by the time I checked-in my hotel, it was quite late, 7:30 PM, so all the stores were closed.  So I did what any New Yorker would do: walk around the downtown.  Copenhagen is quite small so it only took me an hour or so to walk most of the touristy parts of the downtown area.

OBTW, did I mention that its cold here? Its -2 C.  Ouch.  I guess my luck dodging the snow in NYC ran out in Copenhagen.  I will actually see snow on this trip.  
This morning, I had to visit the US Embassy.  My passport is running out of space for visa stamps.  The Border guys in South America went nuts on my passport.  Instead of stamping within the nice spaces in my passport clearly delineated by boxes, they kept stamping over the marked lines, thus vastly reducing the available spaces for other Border officials.  I still have to visit 6 more countries.  

The guards at the US Embassy are tough little bastards with little patience for bullsh*t.  I misunderstood some directions and the guard got quite curt with me.  I have never seen "guards" this twitchy since I sat in the US Supreme Court room during session.  DO NOT MESS WITH EMBASSY GUARDS.

Later on, I did the standard Lonely Planet "Art Walk."  I hit the Dansk Design Center, the Kunstindustrimuseet - an industrial design museum, and some shops.  I noticed that one of the shops had t-shirts with the slogan "I ♥ Copenhagen."  I have to kinda agree.  Its a nice little place.
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Iulian on

2 things:
- we had -5 C here in the morning so don't complain
- I believe only US passports have delineated spaces where you have to stamp so maybe they're not used to do that

noli on

Denmark is a lovely country. How come the guards have the same hat as in London?

About your passport running out of space, can't you just erase some old stamp marks to make room for new ones? I will send you whiteout.

The red hot dog looks soo tempting.

Keep us posted!!!!

nimby on

Iulian, maybe you are right. I got my new pages for my passport yesterday. These pages do not have lines anymore. Maybe this is like a reverse of "No Child Left Behind?"

Noli, I guess its fashionable to wear fur hats in Europe. I don't know but it reminds me too much of Ugg boots. You know those stupid boots skinny woman wear in NY. Anyway, my Aussie friend says its hard for an Australian to imagine anyone but a farmer to wear those boots. Damn that Sienna Miller for popularizing them.

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